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New Member just saying "Hi!"

Post by mcenhillk » Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:38 pm

Hello,

We are new to the world of the Model T. My wife and I went to a Model T Driving Experience in Lincoln, NE this last Fall just on a lark. I mean, why not? When are we ever going to get a chance to drive one of these things again? Wow! We had a blast and I think we are hooked. We must be because she signed us up for the family membership and here I am. One of the instructors joked that they should have brought a couple cars for sale and I'm glad they didn't because we may have done something dumb. :lol:

I foresee a Tin Lizzy in our future so I'll hang out here trying to learn what I can and keep my eyes out for a running touring. All we need to do is get my wife her rallycross car this year and start looking for a place to store our growing collection of four wheel money pits. My wife is a driver and picked up the uniqueness of the T really quickly and while I enjoy driving, I am really interested in the drive train.

Because I am really interested in the mechanics, I am looking for some drawing of the engine and transmission so I can 3D print one like https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3006071. So, I'll be scouring the forum (old and new) and the rest of the Interwebs for some prints.

See you around
Still looking for the 1,000 square foot house with the 12 car garage...

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Re: New Member just saying "Hi!"

Post by Oldav8tor » Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:58 pm

Welcome to the affliction. I purchased my 1917 Touring in August and have been going thru all the systems in preparation for next year's touring season. So far it has been a lot of fun! I just finished rebuilding the rear axle and drive shaft and am getting ready to drop my rebuilt engine back in. No regrets!

Martin Vowell (who is on this forum) produces the finest drawings I've ever seen of the type you are looking for. He is eventually going to produce a book which I believe will be a "must have" for a serious T enthusiast.

Google "model T drawing vowellart" to see some examples
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1952 Willys M38a1 Jeep
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Re: New Member just saying "Hi!"

Post by BuckTspecial » Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:14 am

Not a new member but a returning one. Hello all. Boy howdy, this 2019 forum is way different. All be safe.


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Re: New Member just saying "Hi!"

Post by D Stroud » Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:26 am

Nice to see you back Tyrone! :) Dave
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Re: New Member just saying "Hi!"

Post by RustyFords » Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:13 am

Welcome Kevin. I'm a little over two years into the affliction. These T's are like crack cocaine...in more ways than one.
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Re: New Member just saying "Hi!"

Post by mcenhillk » Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:29 am

Thanks for the lead Tim. Thumb of Michigan? I grew up in Saginaw 30 odd years ago. I miss the lakes but I've enjoyed the ride life has given me so far to put me in the middle of the country.

Funny you should say that Don. We want a touring because there are three of us in the family but I really want a speedster. So... I have plans for two which is probably really bad. We already have 3 (soon to be 4) cars for the 2 car garage and we have plans for another two. Looks like I need to find a 6 car garage with a 1,200 sqft house. :D
Still looking for the 1,000 square foot house with the 12 car garage...


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Re: New Member just saying "Hi!"

Post by George Andreasen » Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:38 am

Welcome to the hobby and this forum! You'll not find a better way to squander your money, anywhere. Actually, the cars and the history are fascinating due to their impact on America and the world. They're easy to understand, fun to work on and provide a "rolling history lesson" for kids who've never even seen such a thing.

Ironically, my son has just purchased a 3D printer and was asking me about replicating a model T engine also. He's looking for scale drawings at this time.

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Re: New Member just saying "Hi!"

Post by RustyFords » Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:45 pm

mcenhillk wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:29 am
Funny you should say that Don. We want a touring because there are three of us in the family but I really want a speedster. So... I have plans for two which is probably really bad. We already have 3 (soon to be 4) cars for the 2 car garage and we have plans for another two. Looks like I need to find a 6 car garage with a 1,200 sqft house. :D
I can empathize. On my property currently are 8 cars. Four antiques (3 of mine and one of my dad's that I'm storing) and 4 daily drivers (mine, my wife's and the two that my oldest kids drive).

I have a 24 Touring...which is what I've always wanted. As far as antique cars go, I've always loved the base models that the "everyman" owned....the ones that built the country. My 54 Ford is a Mainline tudor (radio delete, rubber floormats), my 66 F100 is the base model (240 six-cylinder, three-on-the-tree, rubber floormat) and my T is the lowly black Touring. The temptation when one gets into the old car hobby is to have the most dolled-up, high-end version of the car you're interested in. However, it's the "everyman's car" that always illicites the most emotion and reaction from the people I meet at shows and at the gas station. They're the cars that most people's parents had as kinds. They're always the cars that get used up and thrown away or get used as parts cars....and they nearly always end up being among the rarest after many years. In the 54 Ford Club of America, there are legions of hardtops, convertibles and even glasstops. In a club with over 500 cars, there are only 4 Mainline Sedans in spite of the fact that they were, by far, the highest volume cars sold that year.
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Re: New Member just saying "Hi!"

Post by RustyFords » Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:50 pm

George Andreasen wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:38 am
...the cars and the history are fascinating due to their impact on America and the world. They're easy to understand, fun to work on and provide a "rolling history lesson" for kids who've never even seen such a thing.
Couldn't have said it better myself.

I've had my beat up old Touring for two years and have been into every mechanical system, re-done all the wiring, removed, repaired and re-installed most of the sheet metal and have redone about 25% of the wood.

I've messed around with plenty of post-war antique cars over the years but this T has, by far, been the most fun.
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Re: New Member just saying "Hi!"

Post by Bills Auto Works » Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:52 pm

Welcome to the forum Kevin!

Our hobby has some of the best people in it. 99% of the folks here are honest & willing to help

God Bless
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Re: New Member just saying "Hi!"

Post by Ruxstel24 » Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:25 pm

Welcome aboard Kevin !!

A great place with great people and great knowledge.

Already wanting a bigger garage and haven't got a T yet...yeah you're hooked :D

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Re: New Member just saying "Hi!"

Post by Richard G » Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:42 pm

GLAD TO HEAR ANOTHER SOLE HAS GIT THE T BUG WELCOME ON. IT IS A WONEDRFULL SICKNESS ONE YOU NEVER GET OVER, YOU SAY YOUR WIFE SET THIS UP ? MAN YOUR LUCKY, welcome little lady.

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Re: New Member just saying "Hi!"

Post by George N Lake Ozark » Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:41 pm

Howdy from central Missourah.

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Re: New Member just saying "Hi!"

Post by Jeff5015 » Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:54 pm

Greetings from Pensacola Florida.

I got my '16 Touring last month. I inherited it for my father who restored in in 1989.

I did a bit of engine work and it fired right up after sitting for 5 years.

This is a great group of guys on here. They will steer you right!

Jeff
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Re: New Member just saying "Hi!"

Post by NHUSA » Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:26 pm

A Model T is not close to a rallycross vehicle.
One is to go as fast as possible and the other is to go slow enough to smell the roses.
The Model T is not an engineering marvel but it is a marvel of simplicity.
Some people try to over engineer the T with modifications and others try to keep it as Henry designed.
Then there are the mechanically inept that want a cookbook aproach to every issue.

The Model T is a fantastic example of the automotive equivalent of the Swiss Army knife that can be used for many things.
It just takes someone with a bit of iminagition and knowledge of mechanics to have it work for them
NH - Where I live - not the carburetor ! :lol:


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Re: New Member just saying "Hi!"

Post by Erik Barrett » Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:52 am

Welcome aboard. I am getting a 1926 touring ready for sale at entry level money if you are still in the market. If you are not in need of room for four people a runabout or speedster is fun. Be advised that once you have one they tend to multiply.


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Re: New Member just saying "Hi!"

Post by mcenhillk » Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:18 am

I appreciate the thought Erik but a T is at least a few years down the road. Yes, we need seating for three but I would love to get a speedster and fit it with period performance parts. Trying to learn what was available in the '20s is proving harder than it should be. Searching for "model T performance parts" returns all manor of LS# T-bucket hotrod parts. Not what I'm looking for. Anyway, it's fun to learn.
Still looking for the 1,000 square foot house with the 12 car garage...

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